Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle 2020 Offer – Paddy Power

It’s the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle on Wednesday and you don’t want to miss this Paddy Power Money Back Special! Simply place a bet on the 13:30 at Cheltenham and if our horse finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th, Paddy Power will refund our stake as a free bet, up to £10.00. Translated into matched betting terms, this gives us a potential profit of £7.30 and here’s how…

Key Terms:

  • Applies to pre-race bets placed from 10:00 on Monday 9th March 2020.
  • Applies to singles and the win part of each way singles.
  • If less than 7 runners take part, the offer will revert to money back if 2nd for that particular race.
  • If our selection finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th, Paddy Power will refund our stake as a free bet, up to £10.00.

Qualifying Bet:

If you’re unfamiliar with qualifying bets, please see my Qualifying Bet Strategy page for a walk-through guide on how it should be done.

It’s entirely up to you which horse you go for, but it would make sense to select a horse with fairly short odds in the hope of a 2nd, 3rd or 4th place finish.

At the time of writing, the lay odds aren’t quite tight enough, so I’ll use fictional lay odds for Sporting John (4/1) in the following example and I’ll update the bottom of the post with an actual selection after the race.

We can calculate our lay stakes using my Matched Betting Calculator.

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Aim to lose no more than £0.70 on our qualifying bet


Let’s have a look at our potential profit/loss for the possible outcomes…

Outcome Bookie Exchange Extracted Profit/Loss
Sporting John wins +£40.00 -£40.70 £0.70 loss
Sporting John finishes 2nd 3rd or 4th -£10.00 +£9.30 +£8.00 £7.30 profit
Sporting John finishes outside top 4 -£10.00 +£9.30 £0.70 loss

So, we’ll make a nice profit of £7.30 if Sporting John finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th and we stand to lose £0.70 on any other outcome. Risking £0.70 to make a profit of £7.30 gives us effective odds of 11.43, which I’m sure you’ll agree, makes this a profitable offer in the long run.

If eligible, our free bet will be credited within 2 hours of the race ending and will be valid on horse racing for 7 days. Free bet stakes are not included in any returns.

* Envoi Allen was available at back odds of 1.727 and lay odds of 1.73. Envoi Allen won the race, resulting in a loss of £0.10 on this Paddy Power offer. *

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Since 2014, I’ve blogged over £70,000 worth of profit, and made it my mission to make matched betting accessible to everyone.